In its 10th year, the American Red Cross Louisville Area Chapter will be hosting the Wrapped in Red Gala to raise money for its Home Fire Campaign and other community programs. The programs from the Red Cross save lives, according to the Red Cross Kentucky Region Senior Director of Communications, Amber Youngblood.

The Home Fire Campaign is a national American Red Cross initiative which has been in existence for over five years. Money raised from events like the Wrapped in Red Gala, and other donations, go to placing smoke alarms in homes, as well as fire safety education pieces for Red Cross volunteers who go door-to-door to educate homeowners and their families on fire safety. According to Amber, the Red Cross in Kentucky has saved 62 lives with the program; the regional program is in the top 10 nationally for the number of lives saved. “When a fire breaks out, a person only has an average of two minutes to get out,” Amber says. “That’s not that much time. Our preparedness programs, like the Home Fire Campaign, allow us to install smoke alarms, as well as provide fire safety education to families, so they have plans in place, and practice those plans, should the need arise as a result of a home fire.”

Wrapped in Red, to be held this year on Saturday,  February 15th at Omni Louisville, will help provide financial assistance and resources for families impacted in a disaster. The 700 attendees at the “party for a purpose” will experience a specially prepared three-course dinner, premiere auction items, music from CMA honorees Thompson Square, and a silent disco in the Red Lounge area.  “We have built this event to incorporate new elements every year,” Amber says.

The majority of funds collected for the American Red Cross go to help people in the community––about 90 cents per dollar, says Amber. “This event helps showcase what we do every single day, but in a fun and engaging way. We couldn’t do what we do without the work of our volunteers and without the support of our donors.


Tickets are available now for $350 for all-access to the full gala experience beginning at 6 p.m. Early bird tickets to the dance-only portion are $100, which will allow access to cocktails at an open bar, the auction and music beginning at 8 p.m. To get tickets for the Wrapped in Red Gala, go to redcross.org/local/kentucky/about-us/news-and-events/events/wrapped-in-red-gala.html.

Posted on 2020-01-06 by By Taylor Riley | Photos by Candice Gentry and Dick Arnspiger